The group began when Doug met Cian Bullen, Evan Simpson and Joe Turrell. Doug was a fat boi at the time same with Joe and started to bum lick off each other whilst Evan and Cian thought they were the next MJ in basketball but Evan is a weakling and his handles are worse than Doug's stomach at the time and Cian is just an idiot that thinks he has mates and formed a basketball team playing against 5 year olds. So when Doug got ankle broken by a five year old, Doug fell and there was a massive earthquake and that is how the director of San Andreas got inspiration and maybe the movie. Longoria joined major label act . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead during the band's hiatus, his first performance with them on the Late Show with David Letterman in January 2005. Schaefer joined the rest of the band to support Trail of Dead on their European Worlds Apart tour. During the tour Trail of Dead was the band's backing band for a handful of shows.